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AMC to mark 100th birth anniversary of zoologist Reuben David today

David was awarded the Padma Shree in 1975 for his contribution to the field of wildlife,followed by a series of awards like Vishwa Gurjari and others

David was awarded the Padma Shree in 1975 for his contribution to the field of wildlife,followed by a series of awards like Vishwa Gurjari and others

TO commemorate the 100th birth anniversary celebration of famous zoologist late Reuben David,the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will launch the Gujarati translation of Esther David’s novel My Fathers Zoo,titled Mara Daddy nu Zoo.

The book is translated by Chirantana Bhatt and will be launched by a well-known naturalist Lavkumar Khachar at the Ahmedabad zoo office on Wednesday,in the presence of the Mayor Asit Vora,Municipal Commissioner Guruprasad Mahapatra and other dignitaries.

David was a pioneer,not just of the zoo,but of the entire zoo complex of the AMC,as he made the Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden,Chacha Nehru Balvatika,a unique children’s paradise and the Natural History Museum,which is named after him.

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He was known as the gentle animal keeper of the city. In 1951,when the blueprint of the zoo was drawn,he created a near natural habitat for animals,birds and reptiles by developing a distinct style of zoo architecture while planting innumerable trees not only in the zoo,but all around the Kankaria Lake,thus creating a green zone for Ahmedabad,which came to be known as the zoo complex.

David was awarded the Padma Shree in 1975 for his contribution to the field of wildlife,followed by a series of awards like Vishwa Gurjari and others. He contributed regularly to the International Zoo Year Book,which documents successful breeding of birds and animals done in the world.

David had also co-authored a book on the Asiatic lion with retired chief conservator of forests,government of Gujarat,M A Rashid. This book was published by the department of environment,in 1991. He was also an advisor for Sundervan and Indroda Park in Gandhinagar.

First published on: 19-09-2012 at 04:36:57 am
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